White House officials rejected a study by the Department of Health and Human Services that found refugees were a financial benefit to the United States, The New York Times reported Monday. A copy of the internal study that was leaked to the Times said that between 2005 and 2014, refugees "contributed an estimated $261.1 billion in revenues to all levels of government." That added up to a net of $63 billion over a 10-year period, according to the Times.
White House officials told the Times that the report's conclusions were incorrect and said refugees are a bigger drain on government services than the average citizen. "This leak was delivered by someone with an ideological agenda, not someone looking at hard data,” White House spokesman Raj Shah told the Times.